As a windows user one of the most common problem that I face every day is lack of disk storage space on my default C drive. In most cases people tend to install their Windows OS on the C Drive which should be a SSD to speed daily activity. As a result of this you are limited to what you can do with the crunchy space. There is something called “AppData” that stores all the local cache, memory cache and other junk on this drive and deprives you with an leverage you might have on C. I am also an iPad user and one of the most essential tasks for me is to keep backups of all my applications on a monthly basis. Backing up the iPad requires you to install iTunes and much to my surprise you cannot change the default location of the app backups. In this short tutorial I am going to show you a cool new method of storing all your data in any drive by changing the default backup location of iTunes. Sit back and follow the steps carefully.
Step 1 – Find the iTunes Default Directory
The first thing you need to do is find the directory where iTunes stores all your backup data from the iPad. Go to: C:\Users\Rahul\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync
Note: Please ensure that you select your own username which is “Rahul” in my case. Also make sure that you enable hidden files and folders in order to access the AppData folder.
How to enable Hidden Files and Folders
- Open My Computer and select organize tab on the top left
- Select Folder and Search Options
- Go to the view tab and select the button that says “Show hidden files, folders and drives”. That’s it.
- Your hidden folders will be marked with a transparent icon.
Step 2 – Change the Name of the Backup Folder
Now that you found where iTunes keeps all the files go inside the MobileSync Folder. By default you should have a single folder inside that says Backup. I want you to change the name to something else. For me I renamed it to Backup-Old.
Step 3 – Launch Command Prompt inside MobileSync
This step is very important and it’s where most people get it wrong. Make sure that you are inside the MobileSync folder then Shift + Right Click anywhere on the white space. Go ahead and select “Open Command Window Here”
Step 4 – Create a New Folder for your backup
Go ahead and create a brand new folder on any drive where you want your actual backup to be. Make sure you chose a place where you have lots of free space and you don’t need to worry about backing up your iPad applications. In my case it’s F:\iPad
Step 5 – mklink Command
Please keep your command window open and type the following
mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “F:\iPad”
Note: Please ensure that you change the “F:/iPad” to the actual location of your new folder that you created in step 5.
This creates a relative link to the default iTunes backup directory and allows you to store the content on any other drive.
Step 6 – Check the System
Head back to the original MobileSync Folder and you should see a new Backup folder inside with a shortcut icon attached to it. Also, if you entered the text in the command prompt correctly then you should get a message saying Junction Created.
I hope you found this tutorial useful. Please feel free to ask any questions if you are getting stuck somewhere. In case you are not fond of reading I also attached a video tutorial above.